India-UK Flights: Hyderabad International Airport, operated by infrastructure major GMR, has started direct flights to London’s Heathrow Airport from Monday as India re-starts limited international air travel under the air transport bubbles arrangement.
Re-starting the connection between Hyderabad and London, the first flight of British Airways (BA 276), a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner wide-bodied aircraft took off on Monday (August 17, 2020) early morning from Hyderabad Airport to Heathrow, London at around 7.50 AM.
“This gives a big boost to the air travel, which is now showing signs of recovery amidst the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic outbreak,” GMR said in a statement sent to Defence Star.
All passengers were serviced through the fully-sanitized Interim International Departures Terminal (IIDT) of GMR Hyderabad International Airport.
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The airport operator said mandatory screening and safety measures were in place during the flight’s handling to protect against the COVID-19 threat. The measures included thermal screening prior to terminal entry, mandatory social distancing enforced through special queuing arrangements at all passenger processing points.
India-UK Hyderabad to London Flight
The UK-based airlines British Airways will operate four times weekly every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. Any passenger can book a ticket from Hyderabad to London as per the guidelines issued by India’s ministry of home affairs.
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“The resumption of this connection between Hyderabad and London would help restore vital economic and social links between Telangana and UK, enabling much needed movement of people and goods,” said a spokesperson of GMR Hyderabad International Airport Limited (GHIAL).
“Following months of uncertainty caused by the global lockdown, we are delighted to be able to once again provide a direct flight between Hyderabad and the UK,” British Airways Spokesperson said in a statement sent to Defence Star.
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“We know many of our customers in India have been waiting to be reunited with friends and family. We look forward to welcoming them back onboard,” British Airways Spokesperson said.
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